Final Destination started life as an episode of The X-Files. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fin…
"dietary supplements" in the United States don't need to pass any safety inspections or testing. Manufacturers don't have to prove their products are safe, or even effective, and the FDA can only remove an unsafe product after someone gets sick, dies, or files an "adverse event" report. fda.gov/food/information-…
In 1971, burglars broke into an FBI office by writing a note that said β€œPlease don’t lock this door tonight” and plastering it onto the front door. It worked and they stole several files. boingboing.net/2014/02/05…
A former Michelin Guide inspector said an inspector's life is lonely, underpaid drudgery, driving around France for weeks on end, dining alone, under intense pressure to file detailed reports on strict deadlines, the guide had become lax in its standards, & some famous chefs are "untouchables". wikipedia.org/wiki/Michel…
Michael BublΓ© was fired as an extra from The X-Files because he stole a hot dog off the craft services table. cinemablend.com/televisio…
In 2017, the CIA released over 470,000 files that were on Osama Bin Laden's hard drive to the public with the exception of copyright material and some porn. It was found he had Final Fantasy 7, Ice Age, and Resident Evil along with several BBC and CNN documentaries on him. cia.gov/news-information/…
Bill gates purchased the Leonardo da Vinci's Codex for $30,802,500. Three years later he had its pages scanned into digital image files, some of which were later distributed as screen saver and wallpaper files on a CD-ROM as part of a Microsoft Plus! for Windows so everyone could enjoy them. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cod…
Folk Singer Phil Ochs was paranoid that the FBI was spying on him, saying, "I'm a folk singer for the FBI" in 1966. In reality the FBI had hundreds of pages on file, but Ochs never committed a federal crime. He continued to be under investigation until his death by suicide in 1976. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phi…
It is a common misconception that one must wait 24 hours to file a missing persons report. Law enforcement agencies often stress that the case should be reported as early as possible en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mis…
60's social activist Abbie Hoffman and author of Fuck the System ,Revolution for the Hell of It, and Steal This Book , had an FBI file that was 13,262 pages long. or, about 11 times that of Tolstoy's War and Peace en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abb…
The voice on the Philips SmartStart AED Defibrillator is Peter Thomas, the guy who narrates Forensic Files youtu.be/z1cyRNgzyrQ
A plotter against Hitler survived the war because the Nazi judge in his show trial was crushed by a column, still clutching the man's files, when the courtroom was bombed in an air raid led by a Jewish-American pilot en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fab…
Microsoft's Zune MP3 player had a feature where users could wirelessly share song files amongst each other. Microsoft chose to call this feature "Squirting" newsweek.com/zune-should-…
Reno/Tahoe was the divorce capital of North America in the early 1900s because of its very lax divorce laws and only requiring 24 weeks of residence to file for divorce. carsonnow.org/story/01/31…
In 2005 Gosho Aoyama the manga artist for Detective Conan series was married to the voice actor of the protagonist Conan Edogawa, Minami Takayama. She is also the singer pop duo Two Mix & she appeared in files 144-146 of the manga with case title 'The Kidnapping of a Popular Artist Case'. detectiveconanworld.com/w…
A man called Gerald Mayo tried to file a case against the Devil in 1971, arguing that "Satan has caused the plaintiff's downfall". Apparently the case was dismissed because he had not included instructions on how the U.S. Marshal could serve process on Satan. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Law…
The infamous 1971 D.B.Cooper plane hijacking remains the only unsolved case of air piracy in commercial aviation history. The FBI officially suspended their active investigation in July 2016. The 60-volume case file is open to the public to read. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D._…
Due to a deadline to file a patent, Nike founder Phil Knight chose the brand's name hastily and reluctantly only after it being suggested the same day. businessinsider.com/how-n…
Today I learned about the Roland MT80s, a boombox that played MIDI files from floppy discs. It also features a metronome to help people practice learning musical instruments. Also, Roland made these kind of machines up to late 2000s when they added an USB port. youtube.com/watch?v=5ks3u…
In 2010, photographer Melanie Willhide started a photography series named after the burglar who stole her laptop containing her work. When she recovered the files, she found them to be corrupted. Willhide was inspired and used the glitches to produce many unique pictures. artsy.net/artist/melanie-…
The first 100,000 pressings of Tiger Woods 99 for the PlayStation contained an Easter egg a QuickTime file titled ZZDUMMY.DAT. When played, it is a VHS recording of Jesus vs. Santa by Trey Parker and Matt Stone, commonly recognized as a precursor to South Park. wikipedia.org/wiki/Tiger_…
, UFO files released by Ministry of Defence shows that in wartime meeting, Former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill in a ordered a cover-up of reported encounter between a UFO and RAF bombers, that he ordered it be kept secret for at least 50 years to prevent "mass panic" bbc.co.uk/news/uk-1085390…
The files the Stasi had maintained on millions of East Germans were laid open in the 1990s, meaning any former citizen can view their personal file on request bstu.de/en/access-to-reco…
People with visual disability cannot read 'normal' pdf documents. A normal/regular pdf file has to be converted to an 'accessible' pdf so that the blind can read its contents properly. Domino’s pizza was sued recently because its app was inaccessible to a blind user. commonlook.com/difference…
The FBI followed Einstein, compiling a 1,400pg file, after branding him as a communist because he joined an anti-lynching civil rights group news.nationalgeographic.c…
The first workday of every year is called "Divorce Monday", because it's the day when more people file petitions for divorce and send their first communication with a divorce lawyer than any other day of the year. briggslawfirm.com/divorce…
Each of Forensic Files' 400+ episodes has its own original musical score. The producer is a Julliard-trained percussionist who thought it would give the show a more cinematic, less tabloid feeling. forensicfiles.com/music-m…
In the University of Washington, researchers have created a new tool that takes audio files, converts them into realistic mouth movements, and then grafts those movements onto existing video. The end-result is a video of someone saying something they didn't. theverge.com/2017/7/12/15…
When the artist, Melanie Willhide, got her stolen laptop back, all her files were deleted by the burglar. Data recovery experts were able to recover some of them. The photos were corrupted, but she decided to exhibit the work. The show was titled after the burglar. melaniewillhide.com/to-Ad…
Today I learned about the widely-discredited Titanic Switch Theory, a conspiracy theory in which it was not the Titanic that sank, but rather its predecessor the Olympic, which had been previously damaged in an accident, and for which the company supposedly wanted to file an insurance claim. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RMS…
Ernest Hemingway had often complained the FBI was tracking him, but was dismissed by friends and family as paranoid. Years after his death released FBI files showed he had been on heavy surveillance, with the FBI following him and bugging his phones for nearly the final 20 years of his life nytimes.com/2011/07/02/op…
The Jeff Widener, the photographer of the famous Tiananmen Tank Man image, was the first photojournalist to file digital images from the South Pole. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jef…
The X-Files episode "Home" was so twisted, dark, and disturbing that it only aired on Fox once, was banned from re-runs on the network, and disappeared until the show re-aired on cable channel FX. uproxx.com/tv/10-fascinat…
With PTSD, your brain doesn’t process the trauma the right way. It doesn’t file the memory of the event as being in the past. The result: You feel stressed and frightened even when you know you’re safe. webmd.com/mental-health/w…
Frank Sinatra had ties to the Mafia and was involved in a plot to assisnate Fidel Castro. He had a FBI file and even had mobsters apply pressure on a company to help get him out of a contract. history.com/.amp/news/fra…
The first known recording of a human voice was made in 1860, but was only intended to show a sound wave visually, not to be played back. In 2008, it was optically scanned and converted to a sound file, revealing it to be a man singing "Au clair de la lune". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pho…
On September 11th, 2001, Officer John Perry of the NYPD went to headquarters to file retirement paperwork. When he heard the explosion at the world trade center he immediately responded and was later killed when one of the towers collapsed. He was the only off-duty officer killed on 9/11. odmp.org/officer/15820-po…
GIF files were originally not as widely used as they required royalties to be paid until the patent expired in 2003 (2004 worldwide) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fil…
Today I learned of Helen Gandy who was Edgar Hoover's secretary for 54 years. The day of his death, she resigned and destroyed all of his personal FBI files that he used to manipulate key Washington figures. cs.mcgill.ca/~rwest/wikis…
You don't need to wait 24 hours to file a missing person's report and that this is a common myth. missingpersons.gov.au/abo…
During the '80s and well into the '90s, there were products like the Backer, that allowed you to backup files from your PC into VHS tapes using a regular VCR and blank tapes. popularmechanics.com/tech…
Among the documents made public by the CIA, that were found in Bin Ladens Abottabad Compound, was a file with just the serial number FCKGW – RHQQ2 – YXRKT – 8TG6W – 2B7Q8 the most common XP volume license. cia.gov/library/abbottaba…
Osama bin Laden's hard drive files after being confiscated during the 2011 raid held home movies, propaganda and video games. Some examples were Antz, Cars, Batman Gotham Knight, Final Fantasy VII Advent Children, New Super Mario Bros, Yoshi's Island DS, and Naruto Saikyou Ninja Daikesshuu 3 abc.net.au/news/2017-11-0…
Paulo Coelho, internationally famous author of *The Alchemist*, "pirates" his own works -- by publishing torrents of his own books on file-sharing sites -- because he discovered that torrenting his books on Bittorrent actually boosted sales of his books quite significantly. paulocoelhoblog.com/2008/…
Spotify previously (2008-2014) ran off of a P2P (peer to peer) file sharing network npr.org/sections/therecor…
Today i learned that hidden within in the files to the 2001 Spiderman game, there are numerous angry rants targeted towards an employee named Matt. tcrf.net/Spider-Man_(Wind…
Alex Trebek was on a episode of The X-Files, playing one of the Men in Black. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jos…
Detroit was once the 4th largest city in the US in the 1940's. However, Detroit's population has declined 60% since then & in 2013 became the largest US city to file for bankruptcy. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Det…
The FBI started compiling a file on Sacha Baron Cohen while he was filming 'Borat' after receiving numerous complaints about a strange man travelling around the country in an ice cream truck. usmagazine.com/celebrity-…
The Hinterkaifeck murders case is one of the longest unsolved murder mystery from last 97 years. The case file is still open and experts still try to solve it. Five family mambers, one maid on her first day of work and one ingured dog. There are many theories but no trace of killers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hin…
The BTK serial killer Dennis Rader, who killed 10 people between 1974 and 1991, was finally caught after sending a 1.44MB diskette to the police - which they told him was untraceable - containing metadata from a deleted MS Word file. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Den…
Nazi commander Walter Rauff escaped justice for the deaths of nearly 100,000 people during WWII. He was instrumental in the implementation of the Nazis' genocide by mobile gas chamber. He died in 1984 from a heart attack as a free man in Chile. His MI5 file said he never showed any remorse. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wal…
Primus is the only band with its own genre tag in ID3 (metadata for MP3 files) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pri…
North-Korea has its own operating system called "Red Star OS" based on Linux. The administrator user is disabled, media files copied from the OS are watermarked with the hard drive's serial number and the "virus scanner" automatically deletes censored files. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red…
The X-Files episode "Home" (S4, Ep2), is widely considered the most disturbing episode, and was inspired by a story from Charlie Chaplin's autobiography in which he was unexpectedly introduced to a legless man who slept in a cupboard and performed strange tricks and dances mentalfloss.com/article/6…
The IRS uses two 58 year old computer systems for its Individual and Business Master Files, and they are written in assembly code, with data stored on tapes. The Individual Master File is the source where taxpayer accounts are updated, taxes are assessed, and refunds are generated. gao.gov/products/GAO-16-6…
Peter Thomas, the narrator of β€œForensic Files,” is also the voice sampled in the 1985 song β€œ19,” by Paul Hardcastle theguardian.com/music/201…
The first ransomware locked up doctors' AIDs files in 1989 and was the brainchild of a hacker who wore condoms on his nose to protect him from aliens. theatlantic.com/technolog…
The first version of grep, the Unix file searching utility, was written overnight by Ken Thompson to help Lee E. McMahon analyze the text of the Federalist Papers to determine authorship of the individual papers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
Richard Belzer's John Munch is the reigning King of Crossover. He is the only character played by a single actor to appear on ten different TV shows, and his appearances have spanned across five different networks, with stints on The X-Files, 30 Rock, The Wire, and Arrested Development. cnn.com/2013/10/16/showbi…
The reason why internet tests show such high download speeds is because they are done through megabits, which are 1/8th the size of a megabytes, the measurement commonly used in file downloads. attinternetservice.com/fa…
Ol' Dirty Bastard of the Wu Tang Clan has a 90-page FBI file that includes A shootout with the NYPD, drug dealing, illegal possession of body armor, and connections to 3 different murders. pitchfork.com/news/45043-…
South Park saved all scene files used to create their first 176 episodes. Paired with the original uncensored audio, South Park re-rendered all episodes to full 1080p at the standard 16:9 ratio. South Park may be the only pre-HD animated show that has all episodes available in full native 1080p. library.creativecow.net/w…
A photographer suggested to Matt LeBlanc that he file down one of his front teeth to improve his headshots. LeBlanc later consulted a dentist who would have charged $80. Relying on his carpentry skills, LeBlanc instead bought three emery boards for 19Β’ and filed down the tooth himself. youtu.be/B0fkh-7rnTI?t=83…
Fox initially did not want Gillian Anderson in the role of Dana Scully on The X-Files because they thought she wasn't hot enough en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gil…
Prisoners will file down dominoes into intricate shapes, cut a slit into their penis, and insert the pieces to enhance sexual pleasure. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
The main file format for genealogy was created by the Mormons for their own purposes and had many limitations, including not providing for children born out of wedlock. tamurajones.net/AGentleIn…
In 1974 Hunter S. Thompson was sent by Rolling Stone to cover the important "Rumble In The Jungle" fight between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman, but was unable to file anything, having spent the fight drunk in his hotel's pool. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
The FBI kept files on Elvis Presley because they believed he raised the sexual passions of teenagers posing a "definite danger to the security of the United States" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FBI…
When Sacha Baron Cohen was filming Borat, he attracted so much attention from locals that the FBI compiled a file on him. independent.co.uk/arts-en…
The only character to appear, played by the same actor, in 10 different series is Richard Belzer's Detective John Munch. He has appeared as this character in crossover shows ranging from X-Files to Arrested Development. His character has even been on five different TV networks. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
After the 2007 movie "The Man From Earth" was illegally shared via BitTorrent, the producer publicly thanked the file sharers because it "lifted the profile of the film far beyond the financier's expectations." en.wikipedia.org/w/index.…
Winamp developers created the peer to peer network software behind many popular file sharing programs such as LimeWire and Morpheus. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gnu…
Before the release of their 2001 album Lateralus, rock band TOOL pranked their fans by announcing that the album would be called "Systema EncΓ©phale" and issued a fake track list. Shortly afterwards, Napster was flooded with bogus files bearing the fake names. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lat…
Cuba has a vast no-Internet file-sharing network with terabytes of regularly-updated movies, television, music, and software delivered by USB drives over sneakernet for $2/week subscription fees vox.com/2015/9/21/9352095…
After a group sued the CIA to release files related to El Salvadoran war crimes, its office was broken into and most of their data was stolen. theguardian.com/world/201…
The NASA Space Shuttles operated with 1mb of RAM in five redundant computers. That's less than the average .mp3 file. astroblog.cosmobc.com/201…
The FBI kept a file on Stanley Kubrick because Admiral Arleigh Burke accused Dr. Strangelove of being "detrimental to the Nation" vault.fbi.gov/stanley-kub…
Percy Spencer was working for what is now Raytheon when he noticed a radar set using electromagnetic waves melted the candy bar in his pocket He had the idea to make a metal box using microwaves to heat food but the company was the one to file the patent. He received a $2 bonus but no royalties aps.org/publications/apsn…
In 1996, Michael Girard and five other people made a sample file demonstrating rendered animation using a dancing baby. This would later be circulated around the internet as a GIF and is one of the first viral videos in the later half of the 1990s. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan…
Today I learned of Rudloe Manor, the UK's own Area 51. For years, the RAF’s secret service worked in underground tunnels and chambers beneath the manor on UFO investigations. It's existence was consistently denied by the MOD, but in 2007, during a release of declassified files, it was finally confirmed. history.co.uk/shows/ancie…
In 2013 The Wall Street Journal discovered a cache of files that revealed the U.S. government lobotomized over 2000 veterans against their will after WW2. The veterans were lobotomized for reasons such as PTSD, depression, schizophrenia, and occasionally homosexuality. projects.wsj.com/lobotomy…
Morely cigarettes aren't exclusive to the X-Files, but are a fake brand of cigarettes used across all media since 1960. metv.com/stories/the-fasc…
The premise of the Final Destination franchise was based off a script for an unmade episode of The X-Files titled "Flight 180". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
60's counterculture singer Phil Ochs would go on paranoid drunken rants about the FBI watching him. After hanging himself in his sister's home it was revealed that the FBI had a 500 page file on him. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phi…
It's A Wonderful Life was a box office flop that caused the sale of its production company. It only became popular after the copyright holders forgot to file for a renewal and TV stations could play it all day and night without paying for it. mentalfloss.com/article/9…
The Soviet KGB fabricated evidence linking the Central Intelligence Agency to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and passed the material to unwitting conspiracy theorists in the United States, according to the Mitrokhin Archive based on KGB files brought to the West by a defector. nytimes.com/1999/09/12/wo…
The producers of The X-Files considered having Martin Sheen portray his West Wing character Jed Bartlet in the final episode of the show, in a scene where he would be informed that Fox Mulder had escaped from government custody. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jos…
The FBI kept numerous files on Elvis Presley, which included a report that Presley was a danger to American youth for his "motions and gestures, like those of masturbation or riding a microphone" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FBI…
Files kept secret for 60 years indicate British intelligence may have knowingly sent more than 50 of its own agents to almost certain death in occupied Holland during the Second World War as part of a complicated "double double agent" game played against the Germans. telegraph.co.uk/news/ukne…
The X-Files episode 'Home' which was about a murderous inbred family was loosely based on a story from Charlie Chaplin's autobiography where a family introduced him to their quadruple amputee son by pulling him out from under a bed after which he "flopp[ed] around" while they sang and danced. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hom…
On September 11th, 2001, Officer John Perry of the NYPD went to headquarters to file retirement paperwork. When he heard the explosion at the world trade center he immediately responded and was later killed when one of the towers collapsed. He was the only off-duty officer killed on 9/11. odmp.org/officer/15820-po…
All of the JFK files are scheduled to be opened by the end of October. archives.gov/research/jfk…
The only X-files episode to carry a TV-MA rating for being very disturbing (for its time) was "Home", about an inbred family nme.com/blogs/nme-blogs/a…
Comedian and ventriloquist Paul Winchell, known for voicing Tigger on "Winnie the Pooh", was the first person to file a patent for an artificial heart in the United States davison.com/blog/paul-win…
Astronauts still have to file their taxes on April 15 every year -- even if they're floating in outer space. Some astronauts "file an extension pre-flight, or their spouse handles filing the taxes" money.cnn.com/2014/12/07/…
Allan Pinkerton, founder of the detective agency that gave us the term "Private Eye", was the originator of the "Mug Shot" in the US. He kept photos of criminals on file, along with physical details and handwriting samples, and mailed them to banks to prevent robberies and forgery. mentalfloss.com/article/6…
Peter Thomas, the narrator of Forensic Files, was also the voice of the Philips Automated External Defibrillator (AED) news-press.com/story/news…
NASA’s Spirit rover nearly destroyed itself because it had too many files saved in memory. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spi…

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